Manchester United linked to €65m Vidal, Ogbonna double deal - Three questions and reaction

Arturo Vidal

Manchester United linked with double raid on Juventus.

After a brief hiatus, links between Manchester United and Arturo Vidal have resurfaced.

The Mirror reported earlier this week that United want not only to sign Vidal, but to snap up centre-back Angelo Ogbonna too.

Such a deal would cost the Red Devils in the region of €65 million, and considerably strengthen their side in key areas.

Here are three questions regarding the viability of such a deal:

Did United miss their best chance of signing Ogbonna in the summer?

Last season Ogbonna made only 14 Serie A starts as Juventus won the Serie A title. A year after his switch from Torino, questions were emerging over his longevity at the club. The transfer window would have been a great chance for United to tempt Juventus into cashing in, and this looks harder now. He has made four starts this season already, and is playing a key role in the Turin side's 100 per cent record so far.

Is January the worst time to attempt a deal?

Ogbonna has been highly important in Juventus' success this season, so much so that they have not conceded a single goal in Serie A this season. To expect them to suddenly deal him away, just when his career at the club is taking off is asking for too much. New boss Massimiliano Allegri has a lot to prove in Italy after a failed spell with AC Milan, and he would not be keen to sell star midfielder Arturo Vidal either, with the title race with Roma expected to go to the wire.

What have United learned about Vidal?

One of the reasons speculated that Manchester United did not push harder for Arturo Vidal over the summer was due to fitness concerns. Over the early part of the season they have learned little. Vidal has been sidelined twice with niggling injuries, and looked below par in their weekend win at Atalanta. They are likely to want to monitor him between now and January to see if he can be a figure relied upon to play week in and week out. 

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